September 20th, 2007
Greens Councillor Chris Harris has nominated the City of Sydney Council for a positive award at the Greens Bad Development Awards. The Awards, run by Greens MP Sylvia Hale, target bad developments and councils, but also have categories which recognise good developments and initiatives.
The City of Sydney has 15 water harvesting and recycling systems already installed with another 34 underway, and Councillor Harris, an often outspoken critic of bad developments and the lack of sustainable initiatives, is impressed by the positive steps the Council is taking on water.
“I’m usually the dissenting voice on developments and issues that do nothing to help make this city sustainable, so it’s good to be able to promote initiatives that will help the city reduce its reliance on mains water and the volume of stormwater discharged into our waterways,” Councillor Harris said. Read the rest of this entry »
September 13th, 2007
Twenty-one ‘life savers’ surrounded by a huge contingent of police were last Friday welcomed by Deputy Lord Mayor and Greens Cr Chris Harris to the ‘declared area’ in front of the US Embassy in Martin Place.
The 21 climate savers represented the 21 member nations meeting at the APEC summit in Sydney.
With Greens Senator Kerry Nettle, MP Sylvia Hale, and Greens candidate for Sydney Jenny Leong, Cr Chris Harris called on the APEC leaders to stop talking and start taking real action to prevent climate change while they still had the chance.
Chris Harris: “Walking from The Domain to this media conference today we were escorted by ten police on bicycles. While it was distressing that the police felt the need to escort people who believe in peace and non-violence, it was comforting to see that these police were at least on bikes rather than in gas guzzling SUVs. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11th, 2007
I attended a Climate change protest in Martin Place on Friday and the larger protest rally and march from Town Hall Square to Hyde Park on Saturday. I found the police presence to be overbearing, disproportionate, aggressive and intimidating and I found my beautiful city and its lively atmosphere reduced to that of a large town in a third world police state. We should not allow our government to suppress dissent and the public voice in this manner.
On Friday I witnessed the arrest of the man who squirted tomato sauce on a pro-Bush banner in Hyde Park. It reminded me of a pack of dogs attacking a rabbit. Numerous police armed to the teeth pushed the man to the ground, twisted his arms and wrist and jammed his face into the dirt and yelled and screamed at him with every second utterance containing variations of the word “f***”. It was nothing short of a cowardly assault. Apologies to individual police if they were “just following orders”.
The scene was frightening and deeply disturbing and presented to me as a totally disproportionate response by uniformed bullies in response to an incident that should have been dealt with by one or two police, a firm verbal request and a warning or demand of an apology.
In my view, the citizens of Sydney should resist this kind of power in the hands of police and should receive a retraction and apology for the ridiculous scare mongering by the Police Commissioner in the days preceding APEC. It looked like Sydney‘s version of “Children Overboard” and “WMD” to many of us who were there and witnessed a good-spirited and peaceful two days of protest and attempted expression of free speech.
Picture: Riot Squad ’storm troopers’ arrive at the rear of the rally, many with their name-badges removed, backed up by the new water cannon. Click on for more pictures. Read the rest of this entry »
September 6th, 2007
A Darlinghurst resident, annoyed that Councillors would not back Chris Harris’ motion to display a ‘Cage Bush. Not Sydney’ banner on Town Hall, offered their top floor balcony with views to the Opera House and North Shore.
So a Greens team put together a banner, which will be solidly mounted tomorrow morning in time for the APEC conference proper.
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September 3rd, 2007
Even as our city is being enclosed in brand-new heavy duty wire mesh, John Howard has posted a YouTube clip claiming there is no need to protest because the APEC agenda is all about preventing climate change and reducing poverty.
Since when have we had to incarcerate our city to speak of climate change and poverty?
With loudspeakers and surveillance cameras installed on street corners, helicopters overhead and police in numbers we have rarely, if ever seen before, is this the real legacy of APEC?
Click on to see more pictures. See post below to get your ‘Cage Bush. Not Sydney’ tee shirt!
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